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Beyond The Woods

There’s more to movies than Holly- or Bollywood. Pick up the best of other cinema. Take our recco...

entertainment Updated: Jan 05, 2011 14:37 IST
Sharin Bhatti
Sharin Bhatti
Hindustan Times

Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla
Japan, fantasy thriller
Moserbaer, Rs 399
This 1954 classic saw the birth of the giant lizard monster Godzilla, who went on to become one of the favourite movie time monsters. With the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings still fresh in the Japanese consciousness, Godzilla was conceived as a monster created by nuclear detonations and a metaphor for nuclear weapons in general.

Akira Kurosawa’s Madadayo
Japan, drama
Shemaroo, Rs 349
This 1943 drama set in Japan and is Kurosawa’s last movie. Professor Hyakken Uchida leaves his teaching position to become a writer. His students later strike a relationship with their professor as they visit his quaint house often and strike long conversations with their mentor.

Jean-Pierre Melville’s The Red Circle
France, crime drama
Moserbaer, Rs 399

Originally Le Cercle rouge, this crime drama is set in France. It is perhaps best known for its final heist sequence, which is about half an hour in length. The film’s title refers to the film's epigraph, which was apparently inspired from a verse written by Gautam Buddha. Later it was discovered that Buddha never wrote that verse.

Federico Fellini’s The White Sheik
Italy, comedy
NDTV Lumiere, Rs 399

The White Sheik is credited as Fellini’s first solo feature. True to his later work, this is a delightful comedy-of-errors about a newlywed couple who travels to Rome for their honeymoon. After crossed tracks and missed opportunities, the lovers finally reunite in this charming light-hearted comedy. Highly critically acclaimed, the movie won a lot of awards.

Michelangelo Antonioni’s The Girlfriends
Italy, historical drama
NDTV Lumiere, Rs 399
This vivid female ensemble drama explores wealth, jealousy, love and notions of class. Set during the early the 20th century, The Girlfriends is about a young woman who travels to a new city for work, and becomes embroiled in a manipulative friendship of three wealthy women.

First Published: Jan 05, 2011 13:52 IST

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